Welcome to British Literature! I’m pleased to have you enrolled in the course. This year will be an exciting one and the best way to prepare yourself is to get a jump on the reading: The farther you are in Ivanhoe before we begin, the easier your transition into the academic year will be. Specifically, you need to have read at least the first ten chapters before our first meeting.
This year we’ll devote ourselves in word and deed to investigating major philosophical questions through our engagement with the great books that make up our curriculum. There is no greater work that we have in our world than coming to know our place in the universe in relation to God, nature, and our fellow man. Through these fundamental relationships, we develop self-knowledge that conforms to what Frank Sheed called the true “shape of reality.”
Your role is to be a serious participant in intellectual discourse with both your classmates and the authors of your texts.
I look forward to seeing you either at orientation or on the first day of school.
Download the course syllabus in PDF format by clicking on this link: SHA Syllabus – British Lit – 11:12 CEC
This list will grow throughout the year, so be sure to visit whenever you would list a boost to your extracurricular reading.
Joan of Arc, Mark Twain
Henry V, Shakespeare
A Preface to Paradise Lost, C.S. Lewis
The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler
“On the Reading of Old Books,” C.S. Lewis
“The Great Conversation,” Robert Hutchins
Check back throughout the year for helpful links, handouts, and suggestions on course readings and assignments.